By Michelle Guilbeau

The art of running requires the right equipment and the most important equipment to have is the proper running shoes. Running shoes can make or break the running challenge and it is imperative to find shoes that are a perfect fit. Here are the 5 best places to buy running shoes in Chicago.

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Road Runner Sports
1435 North Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 448-2966

Road Runner Sports calls itself, “The World’s Largest Running and Walking Store.” The store offers a shoe fit analysis where various aspects of the feet are analyzed and then the best walking and running shoes are found for the customer’s specific fit. A VIP program allows members get 90 days to test out their new shoes, if the member is not completely satisfied, the shoes can be returned within 90 days. There are also additional VIP member perks available.

Nike Running Bucktown
1640 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 278-1095

Nike Running Bucktown offers a personalized experience. A one-on-one appointment can be made with a Nike expert and the expert can help with product recommendations, personal styling and performance tips, this store strives to offer the best customer service experience possible. There is also a treadmill available to test out shoes and the customer’s stride can be videotaped.

Runner’s Edge
1515 Sheridan Road
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 853-8531

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The Runner’s Edge is a local shop which offers specialty running shoes and the staff is very knowledgeable. The store employees will take the time to work with customers to find the shoes which fit best and for runners who are having problems with running, the Runner’s Edge employees do an exceptionally nice job with helping to resolve those problems. The Runner’s Edge website also offers excellent links such as runner’s routes and runner’s groups.

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Universal Sole
3052 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 868-0893

Universal Sole offers Universal Sole Fit Process helps runners to find the proper running shoes. A Universal Sole staff member will figure out the customer’s foot shape and the way the foot moves; additional assessments will help to confirm the optimal shoe for the customer. This store also offers sports wear and accessories.

Runners High n’ Tri
121 West Campbell St.
Arlington Heights IL 60005
(847) 670-9255

Runners High n’ Tri has been in business for over 25 years and they consider themselves more than a store, they consider themselves a community.  Runners High n’ Tri offers an outstanding customer service experience along with a range of running shoe brands and types. There is a nice selection of apparel and accessories plus wetsuit rental and apparel.

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